VirtualUA upcoming Anniversary

Hello VirtualUA Community! 

This March 1, VirtualUA, Inc. will start our 10th Anniversary celebration. I couldn’t be more than proud of our accomplishments from the last decade. It’s been ten years since VirtualUA took off to the friendly blue skies. Time sure does fly by. I have learned from many challenges and rewards, and we appreciate them all. Our continued success comes from our two most significant assets, our members and dedicated staff team.

Our members continually show their loyalty to us by giving us their time away from their personal lives, engaging with our staff team, making VirtualUA Community what we are today. I’m grateful for all of our members, and we continually do all we can to earn it. Thanks to our talented and dedicated staff members who manage this incredible community with an extremely high level of commitment to our outstanding members, it would be impossible to achieve. Those efforts and continued dedication give us all reasons to be excited about our future.

I am genuinely grateful to all of our members, staff, and partners that we have enjoyed working with through the years. I am proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary, and we’re confident that VirtualUA, Inc. will continue its successes for many years. To all of those mentioned above, with a tremendous amount of gratitude, I offer you all a heartfelt THANK YOU!

Robby

Regards,

Robby Sayles
President/Chief Executive Officer/Founder

VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org

VirtualUA, Inc. is a U.S.-based 501c3 Charitable Non-Profit Organization; we are not affiliated with or sponsored by United Air Lines, Inc or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

November Message from CEO

As we leap in November, we’re super excited for our continued progress with our Community. We couldn’t thank you enough for your support; your participation has blown the staff team away. Let’s keep up the momentum as we inch our way towards 2022. Did you know we turn ten years old in 2022? What has the time gone? But the party just started, LOL!

I wanted to remind everyone if you haven’t completed the October Community Satisfaction survey, please do it by Friday, November 5.

On Saturday, November 13, 2021, we will host our 4th Quarterly Fireside Chat. This is the opportunity to speak with the Staff team via voice and ask your questions and feedback. Also, we will present the 2022 Flight Plan, which is another name for our Tasks/Goals for VirtualUA. Please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/4qtrfsc21. Our friends at Simmarket will be sponsoring the event.

It has come to our attention that the Leave of Absence and Hub Transfer request via ATMOS is not working. Until HQTEC fixes the error, please email Member Relations by email ([email protected]) to make your requests.

The staff team has begun the 9th Home for the Holidays; please save the day (December 11, 2021). We will be flying out of Denver, Colorado, to different Ski Resorts. Next week we will be soliciting feedback on what city you would like to fly into from KDEN. More information to follow, please stay turn to Discord for updates.

VirtualUA is growing our staff team; if you are interested, please visit our Career Page. We would love to have you join the Team.

We are tallying up the Operations Statistics from October and will be releasing our report this upcoming weekend. Will Chicago continue to hold the Crown?

Thank you for being here on behalf of the Team; we love that you have chosen VirtualUA, your home away from home! That’s all from me; as always, please reach out if you need assistance.

SHOUTOUT to all NEW members or returning members, WELCOME HOME!!!

Community Relations Update

My name is Nick Smith; I am the Managing Director of Training and Events. First, I want to thank everyone for participating in our Fall Foliage event. It was nice chatting with a few of you on Discord. Second, please continue to post your best screenshot on Discord under our monthly competition channel. You still have a few more days left for October; we will start the voting process on November 1 to pick our winner. We are also excited to announce a few more events, VirtualUA 4th Quarter fireside chat on November 13 at 4 pm CST. We will announce VirtualUA 2022 Flight Plan and have a Q & A session with the staff team, then final our 10th Annual Home for the Holidays Virtual Party and Flying on December 11. The past events this year have been unique. Lastly, we are finishing up some paperwork with VATSIM; as you heard, we are now an Authorized Training Organization and can contact training. If you are interested, please email us at training to set it up for you. That’s all for now; keep rocking those blue skies! See you in the skies!

PLEASE RSVP for the Fireside Chat: https://bit.ly/4qtrfsc21

Nick Smith

Managing Director of Flight Standards and Training

4th Annual Fall Foliage

VirtualUA, Inc. is thrilled to announce our annual Fall event, Fall Foliage. The event will take place on October 16, 2021, starting at 2100z. Our route will take us from Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR) to our final destination of Chicago O’hare International Airport (KORD).

We want to thank REX Simulations, FlightBeam, VATSIM, and Jetstream for their continued support at VirtualUA. We could not have achieved the level of success without their help! We, as a community, look forward to supporting them throughout the coming years. REX Simulations and FlightBeam have graciously sponsored the event by donating some awesome prizes for pilots to win. Pilot’s that participate in the event will also receive 10,000 AVRP points, along with a Jumpseat Pass credit to their account.

To participate, you must be a pilot on our roster and RSVP by clicking here: https://bit.ly/vuafall21 In addition to the prizes, our friends at Vatsim will be providing everyone ATC from gate to gate.

This event is shaping up to be a great one. We look forward to sharing the friendly skies with everyone this October 16!

September 2021 Screenshot Competition Winner

We’re excited to announce that Charles J has won our Community Screenshot Competition for September. Don’t forget to upload your favorite screenshot and be part of the fantastic monthly competition. The winner picture gets featured on our social media platform, and will Picture will be displayed as our Discord Banner. The winner will also receive some virtual goodies from VirtualUA! Happy Clicking!

VirtualUA’s October Update

Hello VirtualUA Community,

Please check out this Month’s Update on our Discord Channel “Comms Hub.” This month VirtualUA staff is back in full swing as we prepare for our 4th Annual Fall Foliage event next weekend. Please don’t forget to RSVP, which you will find this information on our Discord under Event Information.

The update discussed FSExpo 2021, Community Engagement, Global Marketing, Airline Hub Operations, and Technology. We are also hiring many staff positions; if you are interested, please reach out. VirtualUA will turn ten years old in 2022, and we appreciate everyone who has come along during our journey. We have had over 10,000 pilots joined our incredible community, with over 200,000 Flights completed.

As we end 2021, we reflect on our success and share our gratitude to many members, including our dedicated staff team, partners, and sponsors. We wouldn’t be here without them. Until then, Blue Skies!

VirtualUA, Inc. Global Marketing and Innovation Team

VirtualUA Talks FSExpo 2021

Dallas, TX., October 08, 2021 — It’s been two weeks after the 2021 Flight Sim Expo; the team here at VirtualUA would like to thank everyone for stopping by our booth. Can you believe we talked with hundreds of aviation enthusiasts that were intrigued about our hobby? Fascinating, huh? Many were hoping that Microsoft Flight Simulator would have been in attendance; however, they were unable to participate due to time conflicts.

On a bright note, we did meet one of their Community Managers; we hope to continue to engage with Microsoft in the future. With that been said, not having MSFS present left us at VirtualUA with more traffic, which we answered quite a few questions about the hobby and the new flight simulator.

After arriving on Thursday, September 23, we had the opportunity to do some team-building functions and attend a special FSExpo Partners Meetup, where we met many of the exhibitors. Throughout the weekend, the VirtualUA team had 1:1 opportunities to engage with developers such as Xplane, Prepar3d, Honeycomb, Thrustmaster, TFDi Design, Turtle Beach, and Orbx. What a great way to collaborate with them on some brilliant upcoming releases and great dialogue.

Someone asked us why do VirtualUA participates in these kinds of events. It’s pretty simple: we advocate for the millions of flight sim enthusiasts, and we will continue to invest and engage with our community. That’s how we continue to move virtual aviation forward by participating and engaging with our community. It doesn’t matter if we are VirtualUA, Inc. or not; we are flight sim hobby enthusiasts like the rest of the millions in the hobby.

Our position is to continue participating and advocating for the remaining by having fun doing so. We hope to see everyone next year; what an honor and privilege to attend 2021 FSExpo, and we want to thank our community for supporting us and having great Sponsors and Partners. We certainly wouldn’t be able to pull this off without their continuous support.

VirtualUA, Inc. is a Texas based 501c3 nonprofit virtual aviation organization for simulation pilots to create a positive learning environment where enthusiasts can build their knowledge and understanding of aviation. During this process, VirtualUA, Inc.’s goal is to create an environment where learning these topics and building the knowledge and understanding in a fun and enjoyable way, allowing the simulation pilots to learn while experiencing and enjoying simulation and aviation. VirtualUA, Inc. hopes that this learning will empower and enable our pilots to experience a new real and virtual aviation level.

For more information, visit http://www.virtualua.org.

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Download the official Press Release HERE

HQHUB April Update

Hello Pilots,

I hope you are all doing well and are healthy. My name is Trevor DeLong, and I am the Managing director of Hub Operations here at VirtualUA. I oversee all of the day-to-day operations within Hub Operations (HQHUB). My job includes supporting our Regional Hub Operations directors with processing pilot reports and solving community relations and PIREP requirements, including rejected pilot reports in violation of our Pilot Handbook. A little background about me, I’m an inspired pilot like many of you; I currently hold the Private pilot license (PPL) and working on my instrument rating. I have been part of the VirtualUA family since 2018 as a pilot and a staff member since April of 2020. I enjoy communicating with each of you who are a part of our discord and running our monthly screenshot competition.

I want to introduce the Hub Operations Team members so you can become familiar with our staff members and get the most out of your VirtualUA experience. Our Regional Hub Operations Director East is Eddie Goff. Eddie is one of our most experienced members with over 7,500 flight hours and has been around since 2014. He oversees operations at our eastern hubs, including Chicago, Washington Dulles, Newark, and Houston. He’s online most hours of the day, either flying, processing pilot reports, staff meetings, etc. You can thank him for the quick approvals of pilot reports held by our system! With Eddie covering our eastern hubs, Steve Miller is handling our Western hubs! This includes Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Steve has more than 500 hours with us and has been a long-time member as well.

All of us here in the Hub Operations Department is committed to ensuring you have the best experience at VirtualUA. The Regional Hub Director for your hub should be your first contact if you have an issue with your flight reports or anything else. We welcome your comments and questions or if you want to chat.

I would also like to announce a few things are happening soon (May 2021) within our Hub Operations Department. First, I want to mention that we do a monthly screenshot competition on our discord server. The winner gets 10,000 AVRP points and a jump seat pass. The second thing that I want to announce is our new Top Pilot Program. Each month we will be rewarding our top 3 pilots by both flight hours and total flights, with 10,000 AVRP points and one jump seat pass. Thirdly, we will be reimplementing our Featured Destination each month. Monthly our Marketing Team will select a destination from the United route network, and pilots who make at least one flight to the destination chosen during the month will receive 5,000 AVRP points.

As we mentioned during the Fireside Chat, starting in May 2021, we will begin enforcing the Monthly flight requirement. Friendly reminder that each pilot must fly (1) PIREP monthly; if you are unable, please file an LOA with Member Relations (HQMRS). The 2nd Quarter AVRP status reset begins on April 1; we’re super excited about our 1st Quarter progress and want to thank all of our incredible pilots. On behalf of your HQHUB team, I want to thank you for being a part of our strong and growing community, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you haven’t, please join our Discord server through ATMOS. Again, please feel free to reach out to any of us here in the HQHUB-Hub Operations Department.

Trevor Delong
Managing Director of Hub Operations-HQHUB
[email protected]

New Brand Shop

VirtualUA, Inc. is pleased to announce our VUA Brand Shop, VirtualUA’s HQMKT (Marketing and Innovation) Team, has been working behind the scenes to make this happen. We have partnered up with Teespring, Inc. to make this happen. After evaluating community feedback, we decided to launch our Brand shop, allowing pilots to purchase VirtualUA brand merchandise. This also will enable pilots to support VirtualUA, which proceeds from the Brand Shop helps with our Technology mission, such as server costs and regularly updated routes. We will periodically update items, such as seasonal gear and much more. This is a wonderful way to support VirtualUA, Inc. We’re always looking for ways to enhance our member experience better and are excited about this fantastic addition to our community. You can check the New Brand Shop here: https://bit.ly/vuashop

We’re Hiring Staff Members

VirtualUA Community, 

As we move forward with 2021, we will begin hiring new staff members to continue moving VirtualUA Community.  We’re looking for intelligent and innovative members to come on board here at VirtualUA.   Our staff members play a vital role behind the scenes, and it’s “impossible” to run an incredible community without dedicated staff members.  If you are “serious” and can devote a few hours a week, we would love to have a chat with you.    Please visit our revised Volunteer Opportunity website to learn more about what job is open and VirtualUA Staff Benefits.   

Career Website: http://bit.ly/vuastaffcareers


VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org

VirtualUA, Inc. is a U.S. based 501c3 Charitable Non-Profit Organization; we are not affiliated with or sponsored by United Air Lines, Inc or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).